The Jelly List: Countdown to sundown at Lamp Quarters, Marikina

The sun may rise in the East but that doesn’t mean that the fun stops here when the sun goes down.

Lamp Quarters in Marikina, for example, is one of the prime destinations east of Manila where things definitely liven up from late afternoon to late night.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Looking for a place to spend the waning hours of the day with friends? Lamp Quarters is your best bet, because:

  • Being located in the Marikina suburbs, it provides a welcome escape from the noise and traffic woes you experience in most parts of the metro.
  • It has a sprawling outdoor dining area where you can comfortably meet up with your pals over some brews, cues and even a bit of booze.
  • It houses several establishments that cater to diverse cravings.

So join me and my foodie friends as we count down to sundown at various foodie hotspots here at Lamp Quarters, Marikina!

4… Celsius Cafe Lounge for coffee connoisseurs

Get a taste of the sheer wondrous variety of coffee the world has to offer at Celsius Cafe Lounge.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

A third-wave coffee shop that serves handcrafted brews from single-origin coffee beans sourced from various countries, Celsius is sure to broaden your coffee horizons!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Top coffee finds here include:

Filtered Coffee from Tanzania.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Espresso Affogato.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Spanish Latte.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Want some bites to go along with your brews? Then nibble on these sweet and savory snacks!

Pork Floss.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Danish Bread.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Grilled Cheese Sandwich,

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Ube Queso de Bola Cheesecake.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Celsius also offers all-day breakfast with free coffee.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

To know more about this extraordinary coffee shop, follow Celsius Cafe Lounge on Facebook and Instagram.

3… Tongara Ramen for ramen lovers

If you’ve been craving ramen then look no further than Lamp Quarters’ ramen destination: Tongara Ramen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Lauded for its signature broth which is also its namesake – ton from tonkotsu (made from pork bones) and gara from torigara (made ftom chicken bones), it serves up ramen and other Japanese dishes that are sure to excite ramen lovers.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Check out its best-sellers:

Tongara Ramen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Ebi Miso Ramen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Tantanramen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Tsukemen.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Karaage.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Spicy Chicken.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Tonkatsu.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Gyoza.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

To support the drive for herd immunity, Tongara Ramen is also serving free gyoza for every ramen purchase upon presentation of your COVID-19 vaccination card until September 2020.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

You can also enjoy Tongara’s signature dishes at home by ordering a Tongara Home Kit Bundle for pickup or delivery:

  • For 2 (Php1,800). Includes 2 Tongara Ramen kits and 1 frozen karaage kit
  • For 4 (Php2,300). Includes 2 Tongara Ramen kits, 1 frozen gyoza kit and 1 frozen karaage kit

For more deets on what you can enjoy here, follow Tongara Ramen on Facebook and Instagram.

2… Wing Commander for food trippers

Are you a kapakpak? Then hie yourself over to Wing Commander where you can embark on an unli food trip.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

For just Php198, bite into unlimited crispy fried chicken wings, coated in sauces of international flavors and accompanied by filling portions of fries and rice. Add Php78 and you can have a bottomless drink to go with your meal.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Wing your next foodie adventure with these flavors:

Filipino Barbecue.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

American Honey Mustard.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Chinese Szechuan.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Russian Thousand Island.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Japanese Wasabi.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Indian Cumin.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Fasten your seatbelts because at Wing Commander, the chicken bites and the chikahan are non-stop!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

For the latest scoop on Wing Commander, follow it on Facebook.

1… Opening soon, Bar by East for cocktails

Want to cap the night with a drink or two? Pretty soon, Lamp Quarters will let you in on a little secret… a hidden bar!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

The trendy office space of architectural firm Emerging Architects Studio (EAST) will give way to a hip and happenin’ secret bar at night!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Here’s a sneak peek at some of its refreshing classic cocktails:

Whisky Sour. Made with whisky, lemon, brown sugar, bitters.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Cold Brew Martini. Made with vodka, cold brew and coffee liqueur.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Whisky Highball. Made with whisky, ginger ale and citrus.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Gin and Tonic. Made with gin, tonic water, and citrus.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Margarita. Made with tequila, orange liqueur, lime, and salt.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Daiquiri. Made with white run, lime, sugar syrup.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters

Negroni. Made with gin, campari, and sweet vermouth.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Not much of a tippler? Never fear because the barista can concoct a non-alcoholic beverage for you just like this “Gel and Tonic” (a mocktail jokingly named by the barista after me, hahaha!) made with cold brew, tonic water and citrus.

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

The good news is that you won’t have to travel far for a hidden bar adventure!

Sundown at Lamp Quarters Marikina

Bar by EAST will be opening to the public soon. In the meantime, it is available for intimate private events. For inquiries, send a message to EAST on Instagram.

So don’t let the sundown get you down: welcome the end of the day with good food, good fun and good friends at Lamp Quarters!

Lamp Quarters is located along Gil Fernando Street, Centro de Buenviaje, Bgy Santo Nino, Marikina City. For updates on its special promos and events, follow Lamp Quarters on Facebook and Instagram.

For inquiries, call Lamp Quarters +63 917 6520324 or email lamp.quarters@gmail.com.

Disclosure: Together with my foodie friends, I attended a food tasting held at this venue. Food items mentioned here were served to elicit honest feedback and were not paid for by the attendees.

San Juan’s newest food and nightlife destination – Varra Restobar

The workday is through and you’ve earned yourself a little bit of a respite, wouldn’t you say?

If you’re looking for a place to meet with friends, enjoy good food and perhaps have a drink or two, then this newly opened and somewhat hidden restobar in San Juan would be just the thing.

Varra, San Juan

A namesake of P. Guevarra Street where it is situated, Varra Restobar offers food lovers new reasons to make Little Baguio in San Juan their next foodie destination.

Together with my foodie friends, I ventured to Little Baguio in San Juan to check this resto out.

Getting to the resto is quite easy (it’s already on Waze, peeps!), but finding the entrance may be a challenge. Here’s a tip: go straight to the back of the building (where the car wash is) and climb up the stairs straight to the third floor. And then, you’re there!

Here’s what you can look forward to:

One: A chill place to hang out

The place has a relaxed vibe that is conducive for friendly get-togethers or chillin’ out with your favorite drink and bar chow.

It has a sprawling dining area with an abundance of power outlets. If ever your gadgets are low on battery, you can easily juice up again without having to leave your table.

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

Want to party in style? Reserve the stately Lounge and hold your celebrations for up to 40 pax for Php35,000 (fully consumable).

Varra, San Juan

Or you can let loose with the gang in privacy and comfort in the VIP Room for just Php20,000 (fully consumable). Aside from the well-appointed interiors, you and your friends can enjoy your own private comfort room and a buzzer to summon the service team for your requests and orders.

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

Two: Mouthwatering comfort food

Whether you’re after a feast or a snack, Varra offers you a well-curated array of sure-win familiar dishes or fresh twists on the classics.

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

These include:

Crispy Shrooms (Php130). Deep-fried and crispy oyster and enoki mushrooms that you will want to pop into your mouth again and again.

Varra, San Juan

Spam Chips (Php210). Thin slices of spam deep-fried to crisps accompanied by garlic aioli.

Varra, San Juan

Messy Fries (Php150). Fries served with beef, lots of cheese and garlic aioli. It’s the kind of mess I certainly wouldn’t mind!

Varra, San Juan

Varra’s Nacho Overload (Php350). Crunchy nacho chips doused in cheese sauce and overloaded with beef, tomatoes, onions, peppers and olives. Perfect for munching while chatting with friends.

Varra, San Juan

Soy Garlic Chicken Poppers (Php240). Fried chicken balls served with coleslaw, rice and fried egg.

Varra, San Juan

Beef Tapa (Php240). A classic breakfast staple, this consist of garlicky marinated beef served with salted egg, salsa, rice and fried egg.

Varra, San Juan

Chicken Pesto Marinara (Php380). A tomato-based pasta topped with grilled chicken flavored with pesto sauce.

Varra, San Juan

Classic Carbonara (Php290). A creamy iteration of the carbonara loaded with ham pieces and served with poached egg.

Varra, San Juan

Wings Basket (Php230). Six pieces of juicy and flavorful fried chicken wings flavored with your choice of sauce – Buffalo, Sou Garlic, Garlic Parmesan, Hickory BBQ, Chili Cheese and Honey Sriracha – that go so well with rice. We got two baskets each of Soy Garlic and Garlic Parmesan.

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

Varra’s Steak Salpicao (Php380). Ooh, this is definitely the star of the show! Tender and flavorful slices of steak sauteed in garlic and oil and served on a sizzling plate.

Varra, San Juan

Three: Refreshing drinks

As you enjoy the tasty viands and bar chow, quench your thirst with Varra’s Signature Cocktails (Php200 each) which include: Blue Cruise (white rum, lemon and triple sec), Rosee el Varra (tequila, sour mix and Hoegaarden Rosee), Varra Mountain (gin, gin de cacao, sour mix and triple sec) and Basil Slush (blended basil leaves, rum, lemonade and sugar).

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

If you don’t feel like imbibing alcohol ot if you’re the group’s designated driver, you can also opt for non-alcholic drinks such as Varra Iced Tea (Php80), Frozen Peach Iced Tea (Php100) and the cranberry and citrus-y Sunset Spritzer (Php130).

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

Well, it sure looks like San Juan just got itself a new go-to place for munchies, drinks and chillin’ out!

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

Varra, San Juan

Many thanks to Ms. Lovely Tan and the crew of Varra Restobar for the invitation!

If you and your gang can’t get enough of wings, take advantage of Varra’s Unli Wings & Rice Promo for only Php359 per person, available from Sundays to Thursdays.

Varra Restobar is located at 333 P. Guevarra Street, Little Baguio, San Juan, open from Sundays to Thursdays from 6pm to 2am, and Fridays to Saturdays from 6pm to 3am. For inquiries and reservations, call +63 916 5870345.

Varra Resto Bar Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with other foodies, I attended a foodie meet-up held in this restaurant.  All the food items mentioned here were served to allow us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.

Check out my reviews of other bars and watering holes in the Metro:

Feasts with a vintage feel at 1950 Restaurant, Valencia

The 1950s were a simpler time, a peaceful and prosperous decade wherein family, friendship and food were intertwined. During this time, tasty home-cooked meals were the paramount expression of love, with heirloom dishes taking center-stage at the family’s hapag-kainan during special dinners, get-togethers and holiday feasts.

It was during this time when the two-storey American contemporary-style home in Valencia, Quezon City was built by the Santaromana family, fruit of their matriarch’s ingenuous enterprise selling garments in the local market and the eldest son’s generous contribution.

Today, that Big House has been transformed into 1950 Restaurant which makes full use of the house’s vintage homey and welcoming ambiance while upgrading home-cooked meals into modern interpretations of classic and international dishes by the restaurant’s celebrated chefs headlined by Chef Robby Goco and Chef Chester Velas.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Together with fellow Zomato foodies and food bloggers from #WeLoveToEatPH, I attended 1950 Restaurant’s Media Event wherein we were treated to a sampling of its signature dishes, which include:

Soups

Lobster Bisque (Php600). Maine lobster and crab meat cooked into a soup flavored with terragon cream and brandy.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Seafood Chowder (Php240). Thick and creamy chowder served with double smoked bacon inside a sourdough bread bowl.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Sinigang na Lechon (Php375). Pork belly roulade and tomato sofrito in a caramelized pineapple and tamarind broth.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Salads.

Ceasar Salad (Php400). Grilled romaine lettuce, Ceasar dressing with cured egg yolk and crispy bacon bits.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Fennel Confit (Php340). Burrata cheese, aburi orange, watercress and torn bread.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Appetizers.

Roasted Bone Marrow (Php380). Onion jam, portobello and sourdough toast.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Roasted Cauliflower (Php260). Cauliflower heads coated with whipped cheese, honey butter emulsion and black olives.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Gambas na Hipon (Php375). White leg shrimp in garlic confit flavored with smoked paprika.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Foie Gras Brulee (Php430). Pieces of tuile wafer to be dipped into goose liver in blackberry compote and candied beets.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Grilled Octopus (Php320). Tender grilled octopus served with purple potato confit, pomegranates, foam and squid ink tuile wafers.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Mains.

Angus Prime Ribeye Burnt Ends (Php400). Rice bowl topped with sauteed pieces of Angus prime ribeye in housemade barbecue sauce accompanied by seasonal pickles and a sunny-side-up egg.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Roasted Duck Breast (Php600). Slices of roasted duck breast in a berry reduction served with squash and kale, drizzled with Bordelaise sauce.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Adobo Classics (Php350). Four interpretations of adobo – adobo strips, bangus belly adobo sa gata, chicken adobo Tagalog and we pork belly adobo sa dilaw

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Shellfish Curry (Php650). Clams, mussels, scallops and crispy egg in burnt coconut cream flavored with curry.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Tori Kuwayaki (Php250). Rice bowl topped with Japanese-style fried chicken in kansai sauce.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Prime Rib Au Jus (Php1,500 for 200g | Php2,300 for 300g | Php3,500 for 500g). Prime rib served in light gravy made from its own drippings along with creamy mashed potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Kale Soba Noodles (Php400). Green tea soba, cashew cream alfredo sauce and wild mushroom.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Baked Hipon and Laing (Php280). Garlic roasted shrimp in taro and toasted coconut cream.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Sablefish Aburi (Php725). Soft-textured and mildly flavored flame-seared white fish served with roasted cauliflower puree, fennel confit and crispy bacon.

1950 Restaurant Valencia

1950 Restaurant Valencia

Desserts.

Molten Chocolate Cake (Php280). Chocolate soil with molten chocolate lava topped with vanilla ice cream and caramel popcorn on the side.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Toasted Ensaymada (Php280). The Pinoy version of the Mallorcan ensaimada, lightly toasted and served with hot chocolate and candied bacon.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Baked Alaska (Php280). Cream and cake topped with browned meringue and served with strawberry ice cream and chocolate crumble.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Bavarian Cake (Php280). Chiffon cake covered in icing made of thickened milk and accompanied by milk crumbs, peanut brittle and strawberry ice cream.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

White Chocolate Blondie (Php280). Freshly baked chocolate chip cookie topped with a generous dollop of vanilla ice cream and creamy milk sauce.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Cocktails.

Aperol Spritz (Php350). Made with cava, vodka and orange.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Classico Mojito (Php200). Made with white rhum, sugar, lime, mint and soda water.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Mocktails.

Red Carpet (Php150). Made with apple juice, sour mix, honey, muddled fresh strawberries and topped with thin apple slices.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Dreaming Apple (Php150). Made with apple juice lime and cinnamon, topped with thin apple slices.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Pina Colada (Php150). Made with pineapple juice and coconut cream, garnished with pineapple chunks.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

With such novel and imaginative takes on familiar dishes, dining here feels like both an adventure and a homecoming. I can imagine families and friends coming together at 1950 Restaurant for grand celebrations or intimate gatherings.

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

1950 Restaurant, Valencia

Many thanks to Chef Robby, Chef Chester and the crew of 1950 Restaurant for the warm welcome and the tasty dishes, and to EJ Bunag of I Love to Eat PH for extending the invitation!

1950 Restaurant is located at 14 Castilla Street, Bgy. Valencia, Quezon City.

1950 Restaurant Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Disclosure: Together with fellow food bloggers, I attended this restaurant’s media event. Food items mentioned here were served to enable us to sample the fare to facilitate honest reviews and were not paid for by the attendees, including myself.